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->'''Herman Blume:''' What's the secret, Max?\\
'''Max Fischer:''' The secret?\\
'''Herman Blume:''' Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out.\\
'''Max Fischer:''' The secret, I don't know... I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life.

''Rushmore'' is a 1998 film by Creator/WesAnderson, starring Jason Schwartzman, Creator/BillMurray, and Olivia Williams. It follows the exploits of Max Fischer, 15-year-old student at the eponymous academy. He is incredibly bright but scatterbrained, preferring to do extracurricular activities instead of actual schoolwork. He becomes unlikely friends with Herman Blume, a local businessman who is unhappy with his life and becomes ispired by Max's energy.

When a new teacher arrives at Rushmore Academy, Rosemary Cross, an odd LoveTriangle develops, with Max hopelessly lusting after Rosemary while she and Herman begin having an affair. The two friends soon become bitter enemies, working to ruin each other's lives. However, since this is a comedy, and not a particularly dark one, [[LighterAndSofter the tone remains lighthearted and whimsical throughout]].

The movie has a childlike sense of awe and general quirky atmosphere, which went on to become Wes Anderson's signature style. [[TomHanksSyndrome It also allowed Bill Murray to establish himself as a dramatic actor]], though he would continue to work with Anderson in later films.

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!!This work contains examples of:

* BittersweetEnding:
--> '''Max''': At least nobody got hurt.\\
'''Rosemary''': Except for you.\\
'''Max''': Nah. I didn't get hurt that bad.
* BrilliantButLazy: Max has boundless energy for his many hobbies and projects, but is flunking his actual classes.
* CockFight
* DarkestHour: “November”
* DoggedNiceGuy: It’s clear pretty soon after she’s introduced that Margaret Yang is harboring an attraction for Max, but he gives her the cold shoulder in favor of his own infatuation with Ms. Cross. [[spoiler: Things get better by the end, though, when he warms up to and eventually begins dating her after getting over Ms. Cross ([[AmbiguousEnding maybe]]).]]
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Actually filmed at two real schools in Houston. Rushmore is St. John's in real life, Wes Andersons alma mater.
* ElevatorSchool
* EnterStageWindow: After [[spoiler: learning Blume and Ms. Cross have split up,]] Max comes to the latter’s second-story window at night and makes up a story about having been hit by a car and needing to use her phone. When she wises up, he leaves the same way he came in.
* EscalatingWar: Max and Herman's battle gets hilariously out of hand.
* ExtracurricularEnthusiast: Max Fischer's extracurricular activities at Rushmore Academy include: Yankee Review editor-in-chief, French Club president, representing Russia in the model UN, Stamp & Coin Club vice-president, debate team captain, Lacrosse team manager, Calligraphy Club president, Astronomy Society founder, fencing team captain, track & field J. V. decathlon, 2nd Chorale choirmaster, bombardment society founder, Kung Fu Club yellow belt, Trap & Skeet Club founder, Rushmore Beekeepers president, Yankee Racers founder, Max Fischer Players director and the Piper Cub Club. Yeah, and he saved Latin - what did you ever do?
* HighSchoolHustler
* HotForTeacher
* IntergenerationalFriendship: A few, but most prominently the one between Max, Ms. Cross and Mr. Blume.
* {{Jerkass}}: Max at times. It gets ''really'' bad when Rosemary brings a date to ''Serpico'' and Max gets a bit of liquor in him.
* KidSidekick: Dirk Calloway is this to Max.
* TheLostLenore: Ms. Cross has her deceased husband, Edward Appleby.
* ModernMajorGeneral
* NotSoDifferent: "I always wanted to be in one of your fucking plays."
* ParodySue
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: At least two. One between Max and Dirk when [[spoiler: the latter learns from Magnus that Max has been claiming to have gotten a handjob from Dirk’s mother.]] This, in turn, kicks off the falling out between Max and Blume when Dirk writes him a letter revealing the affair Blume is having with Ms. Cross.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: "Sic transit gloria", as opposed to "Sic transit gloria mundi".
* {{Retraux}}
* RomanticFalseLead: Luke Wilson as Dr. Peter Flynn.
* ShoutOut:
** Among the plays that the Max Fischer Players perform are Film/{{Serpico}}, and Oliver Stone's ''Heaven And Hell''. The film also contains many references to ''Film/TheGraduate'', ''{{Peanuts}}'', Jacques Cousteau and the photography of Jacque Henri Lartigue.
** The Max Fischer Players also produced a number of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jra8HD-VTv0 specially commissioned pieces for the 1999 MTV Awards]] adapting the biggest films of that year in their own unique, ingenious style. These included ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', ''Film/OutOfSight'' and ''Film/TheTrumanShow''.
** The whole scene in which Max is [[UnstoppableRage slightly annoyed]] that Rosemary brought Dr. Flynn to his dinner might be a shout out to a certain scene in ''Film/MyLeftFoot''.
* SnowballLie: Max starts a few, like how his father is a neurosurgeon or that he got a handjob from Dirk's mom.
* TransferStudentUniforms: Max, [[spoiler: after he's expelled from Rushmore Academy.]]
* TriangRelations: Type four.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Magnus Buchan.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Max and Herman.
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